My experience with Norwegian hotels generally runs with this kind of review 'nice hotel, well located, unspectacular', however, a visit to the Union Hotel changed all that.
Firstly the location, a 15 minute walk or 5 minute drive from the dockside up the hill will bring you to the front door of the hotel. The height above sea level giving you already lofty views of Norway's most famous World Heritage Sight and fjord.
The reception area is spacious and features a beautiful classic Buick car, more of which later. Check in was quick and the staff beamed with real pride when they received their guests. Formalities completed I headed up to the room up on the top floor. And this was where the magic began, the view was utterly stunning, back down the fjord giving you a sundowner from heaven and a curtain opener that just delivers beauty that no guide book could ever describe.
They are spacious and well equipped with all the facilities you need, plus a bath robe and slippers. Once you've got your bathers on, and bath robe, you can then make your way down to the best part in my view, of this hotel. The Spa.
There is a hammam, two sauna's, a steam room and cold and warm showers, plus a very sizeable pool and an outdoor and indoor jacuzzi. The outdoor being my favourite as it gives you more of that view back down the fjord. It truly is a stunning affair and worthy of the Indian Ocean with knowledgeable staff to direct you towards treatments available.
Once you've had your spa treatments,you'll want to dine and this is again where the Union excels, the food is incredible, worthy of any top class hotel with superb service and classical food. Truly excellent. Breakfast was also superb with loads of selections all with superb quality.
If you have time, take a little visit to the basement and you'll get a greater understanding of the history of this beautiful hotel. The photos and most importantly the cars that bring guests up to the hotel with special request, they are simply stunning, and say an awful lot about the property and how it is run.
The location is great, the service is superb, food is incredible and the rooms are lovely. In my view, Norway's number one property, by a long way...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Welcome to the Hotel Union Geiranger - a family-run hotel steeped in tradition and situated in the midst of a world-renowned, stunningly beautiful Norwegian fjord landscape. Owned by the Mjelva family and run by the fourth generation, the Hotel Union is a first-class hotel with every modern facility, and a long and proud history of excellence. For over one hundred years, guests have been coming here to stay - and to experience something very special. The hotel offers the very best of personal service, stylish and comfortable accommodation, and superior cuisine, with delicious dishes based on the finest local ingredients. Geiranger has some of the most outstanding natural beauty in the world, as well as a fascinating cultural history. The Hotel Union Bath & Spa is of international standard and offers wellbeing and relaxation in a unique atmosphere and setting. We know that it is the little things and personal touches that add up to create a truly memorable experience. We take pride in making your special wish come true. For us no wish is too small - and none too great.The hotel has 197 rooms and suites (all rooms at the hotel are non-smoking), a restaurant seating 400 guests and a conference room with seating for 400 persons. Our dance bar "Studebaker`n Show Arena has live music six days a week. The hotel has a large garden with a swimming pool, mini golf and a popular playground for children. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Geiranger Union Hotel